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Menstrual Problems

A normal menstrual cycle does not exist and cycles differ from one woman to the next. From puberty, every young woman will start on her moon time in a very unique way, peculiar to her and she will then continuously experiences it each month very personally till menopause hits and menstruation ends. In addition, the character of menstrual cycles often undergoes a change from one month to the next. While other young women begin their menstrual cycle suddenly and in a peculiar manner one eventful month and then may have a monthly cycle which is very regular and not marked by peculiar symptoms. Some young woman may have sporadic or irregular menstrual cycles and these cases are no more "normal" or "abnormal" than the cycles experienced by other young women. A various women exist, so do various patterns of menstruation and strictly similar menstrual flows and symptoms are not to be seen in any case.

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The cultural beliefs holding that women menstruate on a full moon night is seen almost as a traditional handed down truth in some societies. Women are held to supposedly bleed together in other cultures and this is supposed to occur on new moon nights. While a powerful and strange influence is affected by the phases of the moon on the water bodies on the earth and on the psychic energy of women-whether true or not, these beliefs represent a cultural way of thinking.

The communion of women with each other and the personal connections women form with others, when living in a community together are as influential as the moon's energy in inducing an effect on the menstrual cycle. Similar menstrual cycles and periods are often seen in women who live in the same household, or in those who go to school together, or even in those who work together at the same place. Pheromones are given off by all menstruating women, these signal chemical secretions can actually stimulate the onset of hormonal activity and may even be responsible for evoking a sympathetic response in the other women present nearby.

Additional questions related to the presence of a normal menstruation is the concern about an average amount of bleeding during the menstrual cycle. In general, age plays an important factor, even when a young woman bleeds very lightly it does not matter, as long as she is not experiencing cramps, and is on a regular schedule-which may be peculiar or unique in many ways, the light bleeding will not be a problem for her as long as it is not accompanied by the presence of other disorders with the menstruation. Young women who experience heavy menstrual flows are also in a similar situation need not worry, for as long as the menstrual flow feels very healthy, if the color of the blood is bright. There are likely no problems with the cycle when heavy cramping or very low energy levels does not accompany the cycle, and her heavy bleeding does not indicate any abnormal menstrual cycle if she also does not feel "wasted" or physically tired out from the effects of the cycle.

The million dollar question to ask is, what is it that does constitute an abnormal or problematic menstrual cycle in a woman? Other questions such as the way or manner to detect the initial signs or potential menstrual difficulties affecting young women are also very valid. Give below are some tell tale signals to watch out.

Symptoms such as the presence of pain and cramps - dysmenorrhea during menstruation. The presence of a dark or brown colored blood during long lasting or lingering menstrual cycles, especially when such periods are accompanied by several days of spot bleeding before or after. Clotting in the blood. The development of excessively heavy bleeding -menorrhagia in the woman. Absence of bleeding, no menstrual cycle or amenorrhea. If the person also suffers from a serious case of acne and other skin problems. Problems with menstruation are also signaled if the woman has a constant feeling of physical exhaustion in the time immediately following the occurrence of the menstrual cycle. The presence of any of these signs must be investigated and treatments options must be explored.

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Aromatherapy

Commonly used essential oils for menstrual problems:

Homeopathy

All of the homeopathic remedies can be used in treating menstrual cycle problems. If the woman has extremely serious symptoms or very heavy bleeding-it is best to take her to an experienced physician for further diagnosis and monitored treatment.

  • Calcarea carb.
    Calcarea carb. is to be used in the homeopathic treatment of women with PMS or other menstrual cycle related disorders. Physical symptoms can often include the presence of extreme physical fatigue, and feelings of persistent anxiety, accompanied by a feeling of overwhelming doom. Water retention and problems with weight gain are also likely to trouble the affected woman. Symptoms also include the presence of tender breasts, the development of problems in the digestive system, and the arrival of persistent headaches at all times of the day and night. The other physical symptoms of the condition can include the coming of periods which very often arrive early and persists for very long periods of time. These menstrual flows can sometimes be characterized by the giving off of a bright red colored blood. Patients also tend to experience general feeling of chills which run up and down the body, the patient is also affected by clammy hands and feet, and most patients display a sudden craving for sweets and for foods made from eggs. The presence of one or more of these symptoms requires the immediate use of Calcarea carb. as a homeopathic remedy in the treatment of the condition.
  • Caulophyllum
    Caulophyllum is to be used in the homeopathic treatment of women with menstrual problems. The treatment benefits, in particular, those women who have a long history of irregular periods, those who suffer from difficulty in becoming pregnant, or those who suffer prolonged labor and slow childbirth because of extremely weakened muscle tone in the muscles lining the uterus. The physical symptoms which characterize this particular disorder can include the presence of great discomfort during the onset of periods and the giving off of a very heavy flow of blood or other fluid discharge during menstruation. In addition, patients tend to complain of persistent drawing pains in the region of the pelvis, pain in the thighs, and in the legs. Physical symptoms also include the presence of a persistent muscular stiffness in the body or the signs of arthritis, these effect in particular the joints in the fingers. The presence of one or more of these symptoms requires the immediate use of Caulophyllum as a homeopathic remedy in the treatment of the menstrual problems.
  • Chamomilla
    Chamomilla is to be used as a homeopathic remedy in the treatment of women suffering from menstrual problems. Such women are very likely to suffer from symptoms such as persistent anger, great emotional irritability, and extreme hypersensitivity to any pain in the body. The physical symptoms can include the presence of recurring cramping in the body which can get stronger, due to emotional issues. The other physical symptoms seen in such women can also include the presence of very heavy flows during menstruation, and the exuded menstrual blood has a dark or clotted appearance. The symptoms typically tend to worsen in the night time. The physical symptoms are also aggravated by the use of heating pads or from any long term exposure to the cold wind. Patients generally see an improvement in the symptoms when moving-such as when they are rocking in a chair or undertake a brisk walk-these activities can help in bringing about a reduction in the tension and the discomfort induced by the condition. The presence of one or more of these symptoms requires the immediate use of Chamomilla as a homeopathic remedy in the treatment of the menstrual problems.
  • Cimicifuga
    Cimicifuga is to be used as a homeopathic remedy in the treatment of women suffering from menstrual problems. Physical symptoms of the condition can include irregular and painful menstrual flows, the painful sensation tends to be in the form of shooting pains radiating down to the hips and spreading out to the thighs. The presence of cramps which resemble labor pains in intensity is also a common complaint and such pains tend to be felt in the pelvis. The physical symptoms can include the presence of extreme and persistent headache which comes causing a lot of pain and which also induces stiffness in the muscles of the neck and the back. This form of condition often comes along with PMS in the affected woman. Psychological profiles of such affected women include intense personalities and very talkative behavior, the patient often becoming agitated or fearful for some inexplicable cause. The woman also often becomes depressed in the time preceding the arrival of the menstrual period. The presence of one or more of these symptoms requires the immediate use of Cimicifuga as a homeopathic remedy in the treatment of the menstrual problems.
  • Lachesis
    Lachesis is to be used as a homeopathic remedy in the treatment of menstrual problems in women. Such women tend to be very intense individuals; patients tend to have psychological issues that must find physical or mental outlets. The symptoms of the condition can include the presence of congestion, the coming on of persistent headaches, flushing of the face, the sudden surges of heat in the facial region and patients also tend to have very intense irritability and are extremely outspoken. Psychological symptoms also include the presence of strong feelings of suspicion or jealousy. The heavy nature of the menstrual flow can often induce relief from the tension the person feels. Patients are characterized by their inability to tolerate any restrictive clothing which is wrapped around the waist or the neck. The presence of one or more of these symptoms requires the immediate use of Lachesis as a homeopathic remedy in the treatment of the menstrual problems.
  • Lilium tigrinum
    Lilium tigrinum is to be used as a homeopathic remedy in the treatment of women with menstrual problems. Such women have inclinations to displaying rage during the PMS, this irritability makes others "walk on eggs," around them and all individual who deal with them are careful of not provoking the woman accidentally. The symptoms also include great sensitivity and intense irritability. The physical symptoms induced by the condition can include the appearance of immense pressure in the rectum and along the region of the pelvis. The women suffers from a strange sensation as if her uterus were pushing outwards-the presence of this sensation often makes the women, sit time and again or to cross her legs repetitively, in an apparent and unconscious fashion to deal with the imaginary sensation. The symptoms of the condition can easily be aggravated by heightened emotions and any emotional excitement on the part of the women. The condition improves out in the fresh air; the patient gains some relief from symptoms out of doors. The presence of one or more of these symptoms requires the immediate use of Lilium tigrinum as a homeopathic remedy in the treatment of the menstrual problems.
  • Lycopodium
    Lycopodium is to be used in the homeopathic treatment of women with PMS and other menstrual problems. Such women tend to develop a very intense craving for sweets and also tend to have a very ravenous appetite-this can at times, come out as a tendency to bulimia-an eating disorder. The physical symptoms seen in such patients can include the development of all sorts of digestive system disorders along with the presence of bloating in the abdominal region, often accompanied by flatulence. These symptoms tend to intensify in the hours of the evening or in the afternoons. The flow during menstrual periods is often late, and when arriving occur with sudden heavy flows lasting for several days at a time. Psychological symptoms of such women include contrast worry and the patients have a permanent worried look about them, this is accompanied by a total lack of self confidence. Conversely and strangely the woman may seem very irritable and bossy to her pets and to her members of family. Such patients often desire loneliness, though they want people neat them all the time, preferably in an unseen spot or room. The presence of one or more of these symptoms requires the immediate use of Lycopodium as a homeopathic remedy in the treatment of the condition.
  • Natrum mur.
    Natrum mur. is to be used in the homeopathic treatment of women suffering from menstrual problems. The woman tends to display certain typical personality traits, she may seem very reserved to people, though affected by deep emotional turmoil within. Psychological problems may plague her and she may suffer from sadness and loneliness-these factors will however, still not stop her anger and reaction at others merely trying to console her or sympathize with her condition. The woman also tends to suffer from depression, and is easily angered by petty things; she may often need to cry alone feeling a lot of self pity. The other physical symptoms also seen include the presence of intense migraines, or the appearance of a painful backache which can only be alleviated by lying down on hard surfaces or by pushing against a solid object using the part of the back which is painful. The other physical symptoms also include an intense craving for salt, a strong sensation of thirst. Patients also complain of marked worsening in the symptoms from exposure to the sun light. The presence of one or more of these symptoms requires the immediate use of Natrum mur. as a homeopathic remedy in the treatment of the condition.
  • Nux vomica
    Nux vomica is to be used as a homeopathic remedy in the treatment of women who suffer from menstrual disorders. The woman suffers from extreme impatience; she has a very pushy character, and remains intolerant of the needs of others. Physical symptoms cause a great deal of discomfort to the woman, the patient suffers from irregular menstrual periods and sporadic flows. A typical physical symptom is the presence of a persistent or nagging urge to move bowels before the start of the menstrual flow. Woman also complain of constipation, indeed, this is a very common occurrence, physical symptoms also include the presence of painful and constricting sensations that tend to radiate towards the rectum or to the coccyx- tailbone area. Psychological symptoms include persistent feelings of anger, the presence of intense mental strain. The symptoms tend to worsen following physical exertion, and consumption of large amount of stimulants such as coffee, drinks containing alcohol, or even food can aggravate all the symptoms. Chills also often run up and down the body of the woman. The condition of the woman can greatly improve from some warmth and sufficient rest for adequate amounts of time. The presence of one or more of these symptoms requires the immediate use of Nux vomica as a homeopathic remedy in the treatment of the condition.
  • Pulsatilla
    Pulsatilla is to be used as a homeopathic remedy in the treatment of women suffering from menstrual problems. Women suffering from the presence of problems due to sudden hormonal changes and girls just started their periods can also benefit from the use of this homeopathic remedy. The physical symptoms of the condition include the presence of PMS along with psychological symptoms such as irritability, persistent moodiness, and weepiness in general and for long periods of time. If the menstrual flow is delayed in coming or suppressed in any way the woman becomes affected by persistent and queasy feelings, she begins to suffer from nausea, and can also suffer from faintness for the duration of the menstrual cycle. Symptoms are also worsened if the women stay too warm or too long inside a stuffy room. Improve in the condition is often possible following exposure to the fresh air out of doors. This form of the condition is characterized by the changeable nature of the timing, the amount, and even the very nature of the menstrual flow. This changeable nature of symptoms reflects the changeable moods and sudden mood swings of typical patients. Women affected by this condition often tend to suffer from emotional problems and are in need of help-they tend to hog attention and require constant comforting by others around them. The presence of one or more of these symptoms requires the immediate use of Pulsatilla as a homeopathic remedy in the treatment of the condition.
  • Sepia
    Sepia is to be used as a homeopathic remedy in the treatment of women suffering from the symptoms of menstrual problems. Women with PMS, those who feel physically weary and are dragged-out during their menstrual cycle, especially those very adverse to the presence of others near them- their family members in particular. The affected woman often has a feeling however illogical of being taken for granted and overworked by others. Psychological symptoms also include easily becoming irritable and sarcastic to others asking favors. Symptoms experienced by the patient can include late arriving periods or period that are characterized by very scanty flow of blood, the patient may also feel that the floor of her pelvis is becoming weaker, this may give her an idea that her uterus is sagging. The symptoms of the condition can easily be aggravated by dampness and excessive outputs of perspiration. Improvement in the condition of the woman can be gained with warmth and regular exercise, activities such as dancing in particular, these can often help in bringing about a restoration of some of the lost energy and this fact can brighten up her mood for sometime. The presence of one or more of these symptoms requires the use of Sepia as a homeopathic remedy in the treatment of the condition.
  • Veratrum album
    Veratrum album is to be used as a homeopathic remedy in the treatment of women who suffer from menstrual periods characterized by the presence of very heavy flows along with muscle cramps in the abdominal region. Physical symptoms also include the presence of a feeling of utter exhaustion and the development of an icy coldness in the body. The other physical symptoms also include sudden bouts of vomiting and a persistent diarrhea. The woman may complain that her periods start too early sometimes and persists for too long at such times. Worsening of all these symptoms is greatest during the night time, and when the woman exercises, the symptoms can also worsen if the woman drinks a lot of warm liquids. An improvement in the condition can be achieved by drinking a lot of cold drinks, eating small meals, and wrapping up in many warm blankets or covers. The presence of one or more of these symptoms requires the immediate use of Veratrum album as a homeopathic remedy in the treatment of the condition.

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